What’s Your Goddess Sign?

by Anita Ryan

Your natural-born attributes are no accident – they can be attributed to an ancient goddess whose energy prevailed at the time of your birth.

Just like astrology, goddess energy defines who you are and what your life purpose may be.

The time of day, year and even moon cycle influences our personalities, values and choices. Women born into the new energy of spring, for example, are Venus-inspired and are natural lovers. They can’t help swing those hips or flutter those eyelashes – Venus energy is impossible to resist.

Every action, thought, projection of self, and treatment of others is a reflection of your goddess sign.

For example, if you react to a boyfriend’s indiscretions by punishing the other woman, you are displaying Juno energies – she went to extraordinary lengths to avenge her husband’s concubines.

Or if you like to lay low and stay out of trouble, your ruling goddess is most likely to be Hestia – she only wants a simple, uncomplicated, enriching and contented life.

No matter whether you’re pleb or celeb, your goddess sign defines how you manage your choices and destinies.

Many attributes of life have been described in this book so you can see that no matter what the situation, understanding your goddess sign is one way to ensure you get through each day smiling.

Mar 21 – Apr 20: ATHENA

Powerful and zesty Athena is the beautiful warrior queen who stood guard over the ancient city of Athens. Born leaders, Athena-inspired women know no fear, or that’s the face they present to the world at least. They experience trouble with self-expression, resorting to politics and force to coerce a project off the ground. They can be tough, independent, clever and resourceful women, but they should not be afraid to ask for help if they need it, and more importantly, allow people to help them.

Do this: Wear a light blue stone such as Lapis Lazuli around your neck to help you find your voice.

Apr 21 – May 21: JUNO

Comfort, warmth and material security are the things that keep devoted wife Juno happy. Prepared to go to any lengths to protect their relationships, Juno-inspired women fight for the elements they want and deserve in order to preserve and enrich the home environment. They sometimes show an inclination for revenge on anyone who threatens the stable union or home life. Instead of feeling threatened by outside influences, Juno-women should instead strengthen the relationship from within themselves, focussing on loyalty, fidelity, intimacy, inter-dependence and mutual respect.

Do this: Repeat this affirmation: I am secure, safe, and open to love.

May 22 – Jun 21: PERSEPHONE

Vital and intelligent Persephone, erstwhile professional victim, was the innocent girl that was kidnapped to the underworld by Hades (yes, but was it really kidnap? Well, maybe, at first). Persephone-girls tend to be fickle, meaning “yes” when they say “no”. They secretly enjoy being the scapegoat and having their life in a shambles, and won’t do anything about it while they are really waiting for a rescuer to swoop in and save them. Persephone-girls should stop playing the drama queen and come up from the underworld – it is time to stop luxuriating in guilt and try honesty on for size.

Do this: Practise saying “yes”, and meaning it.

Jun 22 – Jul 23: DIANA

Powerful and protective, Diana is the Roman goddess of nature, fertility, children, providence and harvest. Finely tuned to their environment and the feelings of others, Diana-inspired women are hunted for their natural empathy and sensitivity. Deep down though, they want escape. They hunger for more than their daily routine, but can’t see their way past their busy lifestyle. Commitments and responsibilities make an escape (and “time out”) seem like an impossible dream. Diana-women should take time to look after their own need for love instead of always giving it away to others.

Do this: Take a stroll in a place with nature and pick up anything that catches your eye. Whether it’s a stone or a feather, keep it with you to keep you grounded.

Jul 24 – Aug 23: PELE

The bright and fiery Pele is the Hawaiian goddess whose spirit dwells inside the largest active volcano in Hawaii. Full of passionate energy, Pele gals love being the centre of attention and the life of the party. Their well developed ego is a mask, however, for the nagging feeling that their energy is being misdirected. They work so hard for the attention and admiration from other people, they allow flattery to interfere with their otherwise balanced judgement. Pele-inspired women should cut their losses and work to channel their energy in a more rewarding way.

Do this: Stare at a yellow stone and visualise what you really want to happen. Repeat this until it becomes habit, and habit becomes manifested reality.

Aug 24 – Sep 23: HESTIA

Goddess of household abundance and well-being, Hestia energises the home with a welcoming energy, healthy food and comfort. As such, she is a creature of habit and organisation, purity, sincerity, sanctity and safety. But just as the ancient goddess Hestia is depicted in a pose of immobility, so too are her women immobilised by their own habits and need for organisation – simply, they may feel like they are “stuck in a rut.” Their convictions keep them so absorbed in their work, they can’t imagine living any other way. They need to ask themselves, “What’s the self-sacrifice for?” and break from their obsessive patterns.

Do this: Think of something spontaneous and daring. Take that leap of faith, and just do it.

Sep 24 – Oct 23: VENUS

The perfect lover, Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty. She rules over a woman’s sense of style and her appreciation for acts of love, pleasure and romance. Venus-born women find it difficult not to walk with a sassy step as they search for heady relationships, friendships and social acceptance. In their quest for perfection they are prone to self-criticism, forgetting the aura they exude is the aura they attract. And though they are insightful leaders, they can blur the line between business and pleasure, which can result in diminished professional success. Venus women should revel in their playful character and strong personality, but keep it appropriate to each situation.

Do this: Be a magnet for positive energy and smile at everyone today.

Oct 24 – Nov 22: MEDUSA:

Archetypal Amazon warrior, Medusa was a beautiful African queen who defended the freedom of her family, friends and territory with a fierce passion. She represents courage, strength and an abiding patience in seeking vengeance for wrong doings. Medusa women need to be careful they don’t become obsessed with bearing a grudge though, or they will emulate their namesake after her face became frozen with rage and her hair a seething tangle of snakes. By articulating hurt or feelings of betrayal, Medusa women can remain in control of creative expression rather than physical destruction.

Do this: Sing in the shower and release pent-up feelings of anger out through your voice.

Nov 23 – Dec 21: RHIANNON

A maiden of ethereal beauty, Rhiannon was the Welsh goddess of fertility and rebirth, transformation, wisdom, and magic. She was born with the first moonrise, embedding her with an inner urge for adventure and travel. As such, she rode her unearthly white mare between this world and the Underworld to satisfy her thirst for discovery. Rhiannon-inspired women can be so focussed on the horizon, they forget about being sensitive to those around them. They could learn a little tact occasionally, and anticipate others’ needs rather than waiting for them to ask.

Do this: Identify someone who needs your help, and assist them without thought of payment or thanks.

Dec 22 – Jan 20: DEMETER

In Greek mythology, Demeter is the goddess of the harvest. When her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, Demeter’s search took her on the path of poverty, abuse and eventually madness. It is typical of Demeter-inspired women to put the perceived needs of others first, at the expense of their own well being. They aspire to champion a cause in spectacular style, but tend to “smother” (as opposed to “mother”) the project they feel responsible for. They are better off ignoring their ingrained sense of frugality and self sacrifice and concentrate instead on cultivating things that make them happiest – children, herbs, or a comfortable home, for example.

Do this: Burnout is not your goal. Carry rose quartz to give some love back to yourself.

Jan 21 – Feb 19: HATHOR

Patron of dancers, mother of the gypsies, Hathor is the ancient Queen of Heaven. Hathor-inspired women have the gift of shape-shifting – the ability to transform themselves from a woman crippled with anxiety to a creature shining with light and radiance. In fact, it is a gift they use often in their quest for reinvention. They are constantly seeking new and fresh inspiration, which does not always sit well with more grounded people. With each new manifestation, they need to spare a thought for those they leave behind – not everyone is flexible with changing natures.

Do this: List five personality traits that you want to be remembered for when you die. Then live them, every day.

Feb 20 – Mar 20: OSHUN

Mother of rivers and the bloodstream, Oshun is the Nigerian goddess of universal love and sensuality. Oshun women are as flexible and predictable as the tides, being generous with their time for themselves during an “ebb”, and for others during a “flow”. They “go with the flow” of their instincts in order to find inner tranquility, but can lose sight of the real world in doing so. Sometimes it would be healthy for them stop drifting along without direction or intent, and instead to find a place where they can simply be.

Do this: Float on a still lake or pool but keep one foot anchored on the edge.

Anita Ryan is the author of http://www.goddess.com.au and countless articles and books about women’s innate wisdom and strengths. She is also the creatrix of yummy Goddess Playshops – these are two-hour workshops desigend to help women reconnect with their inner goddess through chakra and spiritual work. She lives in Western Australia with her man, her son and her dog (also a male).

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How To Heal Your Heart

by Carna Zacharias

We all experience severe heart break at some time in our lives. For many it happens in childhood or adolescence, the time when we are most vulnerable. A cold mother, an absent father, being different in any way from our peers and ostracized for it – these are some of the reasons for the early feeling that something is wrong, inadequate and utterly disappointing about us. For others, it happens later, when a spouse betrays our love and trust, a child is hurt, or our dream of making it big in the world is shattered.

It happens -sooner or later- to everybody, yet strangely enough, we tend to believe that other people have heaps of money, great careers, excellent health, and are blessed with devoted spouses and perfect children. Even if common sense tells us that this isn’t true, we behave as if it were. We hide behind our painted faces and empty phrases, as if our wounded heart was a rare, shameful thing that had to be hidden at all costs. Even if we are the light of every party, our real self never shows up. We withdraw and disconnect while telling pretty lies in appearance, word and deed. Thus our hearts shrink and harden, and we live lonesome, inauthentic lives deep within the fortress we have built from pride and fear.

From this point on, two things can happen: either we become depressed or cynical enough to believe that staying in this barren place and turning into dust is our only option, or we listen to the cries of our exiled hearts and become seekers. If you belonged to the first group, you would not be reading this book. So let’s start the search for our true selves. In the following imaginative exercise, you will begin to restore the lost connection to your heart. You may feel some resistance reading these words. Won’t this lead to an emotional breakdown, or to an eruption of pain and anger? It depends on your intention.

If you want to explore your childhood or other severe emotional trauma, there are medical and psychological professionals who are trained to guide you through that sensitive process.

What we want to achieve here is to find and free our spiritual hearts. There is the heart, and there is the true heart. There is our “pink” heart, and there is our “golden” heart. There is our low heart, and there is our high heart.

Qualities of the low heart: Passion, Extremes, Volatility, Attachment, Emotion.

Qualities of the high heart: Compassion, Balance, Patience, Unity, Spirit, Soul.

Again, our intention is to connect to the high, the spiritual heart. This may happen instantly, at the first try. If it does, it is a profound, awe-inspiring experience, and you will recognize the level of truth instantly. You will realize that there is, behind your physically sick or emotionally broken heart, a heart that is completely whole and strong and wise. However, establishing this pathway could be a much longer process. You might connect to “pieces” of your heart at a time. Perhaps you will first experience an acute awareness of your heart’s imprisonment, or your inner space may remain silent for a while. Take it easy. Whatever happens is just the right thing to happen for you at this point.

Exercise: Listen To Your Heart

Sit or lie down comfortably, making sure you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. If relaxation does not come easily to you, visualize a thick, golden liquid pooling in your head. Slowly, slowly, like molasses, it flows down into your whole body, making it slack and heavy.

When you feel relaxed, shift your attention to your chest. Imagine breathing through your chest. In-out. In-out. In-out. Do this as long as you want to. When you are ready, focus your attention gently on your heart.

Your high heart, your true heart, your spiritual heart.

Now, and possibly for the first time, greet your true heart. Express your gratitude for its continuous, life giving service, its protection and guidance.

When you have established a connection, you might want to ask questions. Then be quiet and listen.

Listen to the voice of your heart. This voice might express itself in words, in feelings, in images, in sounds, or just as a “knowing”. Learning to recognize the unique voice of your heart may take time, so relax if you can’t “get it right” at first.

About The Author

Carna Zacharias was born in Germany, where more than ten books written by her have been published: novels, young-adult books, and non-fiction. In addition she worked as a literary critic at a daily newspaper, as a book editor, and for public television. After studying literature and philosophy at the university, she has been exploring Jungian psychology, mythology, fairy tales, Shamanism and other spiritual topics for years.

CarnaZM@msn.com

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Getting to Know Your Inner Goddess

by Michelle L. Casto

In ancient Greece there were many specially chosen Goddesses that were worshipped and revered for their beauty and boldness. To name a few -Aphrodite, Athena, Artemis, Demeter, and Persephone – each with a domain to oversee. Goddesses reigned over relationships. Highly spirited, they could be quite brutal if crossed and were not averse to seeking revenge if wronged.

In the 21st century, the idea of a Goddess is becoming more universally accepted, with the added benefit that every woman has the right to be a Goddess in her own world.

A modern-day Goddess knows that she is part of God/Source/All that Is. She is comfortable with her I Am. She has successfully integrated yin and yang, feminine and masculine energies. She embodies strength, sex appeal, and intelligence. She gracefully walks her path with passion, purpose, and possibility. She isn’t above others but it very much at peace with herself and values herself to the extent that she designs her own destiny, balancing love, work, and play beautifully.

She is a woman who has a presence, who radiates an inner light that can sometimes attract and sometimes intimidate others. Above all, she is who she is and doesn’t make apologies for it. Why would she? A Goddess of the 21st century is a wonderful, warm, and loving human being striving to evolve and grow while on her life’s journey.

A Goddess is an alluring, aware, authentic, action-oriented, and allowing woman in touch with her divinity.

Would you like to become more of a Goddess? Here are some qualities to improve upon:

Alluring: She Shines

  • Possesses both inner and outer beauty.
  • Is magnetic and alluring.
  • Owns her sexuality.
  • Knows who she is and accepts the light and the dark qualities.
  • Takes care of her whole self: body, mind, and spirit.
  • She is fully accepting of herself and has the freedom and courage to be all of who she is.

Awareness: She Knows

  • Awareness of human relationships and the impact she has on others.
  • Engages in “soul work” – books, people and activities, etc that serve to raise her consciousness.
  • Has a love of learning and applying knowledge to real life challenges so she grows in understanding and wisdom.
  • Understands the interplay of earthly and heavenly elements, “as above, so below.”
  • Manages her thoughts to create the reality she desires.


Authenticity: She Honors

  • Designs a life that nurtures her inner nature.
  • She feels and communicates her thoughts and emotions with confidence.
  • She takes the time to get her emotional needs met in healthy ways.
  • Lives from her center, and is grounded in reality, dealing effectively with day-to-day life.
  • She takes the lead in her family.
  • She trusts her own process, including beginnings and endings.


Action: She Works

  • Her work is a form of self-expression.
  • Consciously creates and accepts personal responsibility for herself and her life.
  • Releases the need to control or manipulate or punish.
  • Discovers her unique purpose and strives to live it.
  • Seeks to improve the world through her sphere of influence.
  • Views obstacles and challenges as part of the learning process and uses persistence to overcome them.
  • Chooses a domain(s) to master (cooking, writing, teaching, healing, art).


Allowing: She Receives

  • Balances head and heart functions to make decisions.
  • Allows the universe to provide for her needs.
  • Lets her soul be her guide while traveling her path.
  • Employs natural laws such as the law of attraction to manifest her desires.
  • Possess great vision and intuition.
  • Is able to perceive the paradoxes of life and see many perspectives.
  • Is open to receiving her good.


The modern-day Goddess is on a journey to discover and access her divine power. Her essence is a bright light that shines forth to empower others to shine their light. She demands special treatment because she is a unique and special human being. So she wisely surrounds herself with people who see her greatness and who she can relax and let down her guard with. When it comes to relationships, she has higher standards than mere mortals. She is seeking soul connections. And while she may be too enlightened for revenge, she will cut away with a swift sword anyone or anything that does not honor her. Because of her discerning eyes and ears, she can see right through the ego’s defense mechanisms and will easily let go of anyone or anything that is blocking her ability to give and receive love.

A Goddess deserves respect and admiration. She will not accept anything less than what she is worthy of, and since she is of God, she desires only the best! To get to know your inner Goddess, start with giving her a name. Look within and ask your heart what is your Goddess name. Start a relationship with her and invite her to be more present in your life. Ask for guidance when you need it and watch as your dreams magically come true.

Michelle L. Casto, Ph.D. Candidate is known as the Soul Diva Coach, Speaker, and Author of the Get Smart! LearningBook Series. She has authored 3 books and a dozen workbooks on life empowerment topics. Her coaching practice is Brightlight Coaching, she helps people come up with bright ideas for their life and empowers them to freely shine their bright light to the world. To visit:

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Connecting To Spirit — How to Connect with Your Spiritual Source and Benefit from It

by LivePerson Expert Spiritual Medium Ria

As a visitor to our Spirituality and Religion services, you may wonder what you can do to strengthen your own connection to spirit to enliven your life, reduce your anxieties and get closer to your purpose. You may even wonder what it means to “connect to spirit” and how a spiritual advisor cultivates the capacity to do so. Let’s start there.

Connecting to spirit means that you utilize your natural capacity to quiet your mind and still your worries long enough to hear again the voice of the Friend within you who holds the greatest wisdom for your life, the warmest arms for your concerns, and the most courageous heart to help you on your journey. Each of us, no matter our history, religious background, personal preoccupations or prior “failings” can connect to that Friend within. Each of us has a relationship with that Friend, whether or not we have consciously cultivated it.

Before you try to purposefully connect with your inner Friend, you may want to check in to see how much focus you’ve put into the relationship in the past-this gives you a baseline from which to start in considering how to strengthen the connection in your future. 

  • Ask yourself, do I take a moment each day to sit with myself? One moment dedicated to the cultivation of this relationship can create a ripple of positive outcomes in your life. You do not need extended time-one conscious moment to check in and affirm your importance is the first step to cultivating your enduring conscious relationship to source.
  • Ask yourself, when I am running into difficulties, do I pause and ask for help? Do I quiet my mind, form a picture of source, and directly request support for troubles? Imagine that the inner Friend is waiting to be helpful and is chagrined when the opportunity for that help goes by unrequested.
  • Ask yourself, when I celebrate my good fortune, do I acknowledge my Friend? Do I believe that nothing is accomplished alone, or do I assume my singular efforts paid off? If it is your efforts alone, then the path to future success requires more effort. If it is your efforts energized by source, then the path will never be too challenging and successes will be markers of the strength of your collaboration with the Friend.

If you wish to actively nurture your relationship to the Friend within, you will eventually need to set aside time for quiet contemplation or meditation on the connection. But, let’s say your life or your heart is not in a place right now where it feels you can do so. Instead, here is an exercise you can do to begin the connection, in a manner that makes you feel well-held by the Friend, and encourages you to go deeper into the discovery of what the relationship might be.

Sit in a chair. Put your feet firmly on the ground. Close your eyes. Take a breath. Place your hands at your side. Now, lift your hands slightly, extending your arms, palms upward, as if you are waiting for someone to place something soft and warm in your hands, like a baby bird. Count to 5. On the 5th count, imagine the baby bird is now in your hands. Bring your hands gently together, as if you are cuddling the baby bird. Now, imagine that safe, warm hands are cuddling your hands, in turn, helping keep the chick warm.

You have made a connection to the Friend. The chick is a gift to you. Put the chick, in your imagination, somewhere safe, and each day, for a moment, send the chick, with your imagination, goodness to grow with. As the chick grows, so does your connection.

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Using our Relationship for Personal Growth

by Chuck Schmitt

Relationships are a key element in most people’s lives. As John Donne stated so poignantly in the late 1500’s: “No man is an island.” These words still hold true today. Thus far, however, most people have not learned how to have successful relationships and still feel complete within themselves. Relationships are challenging because they involve two distinct individuals with varying needs, desires, and opinions. When the needs and desires of the individuals do not match, there are usually disagreements, disappointments, and disillusionment. It is during these times that we question our relationships and wonder if we would be better off alone. What then can be done to create a more satisfying relationship?

With conscious intention and effort, we can use our relationships to heal and transform our lives. This new paradigm, or model, for relationships consists of three steps: 1) taking responsibility for our actions and reactions; 2) experiencing our feelings deeply; and 3) expressing ourselves clearly and honestly to our partner while having equal empathy for our partner’s feelings. When we learn to do this, our relationships can reach a deeper level of understanding and become a vehicle for our personal growth and fulfillment.

The first step in the new paradigm, taking responsibility for our actions and reactions, can be an unfamiliar and sometimes frightening experience. It involves looking at how we are contributing to or creating the disturbing situation, instead of automatically blaming our partner for the misunderstanding. When we are able to let down our defenses and accept responsibility, both parties breathe a sigh of relief and the door to honest communication opens. For many people, the risk of taking responsibility for their actions and reactions is the hardest part of working on relationships. Men may feel like they are losing power or abdicating their throne. Women may feel like they are giving in or being weak and submissive. In both cases, it usually feels like some type of loss, either of personal power or of a part of ourselves. Although difficult at first, this step can lead to a much greater understanding of our reactive patterns of behavior and can accelerate our personal growth dramatically.

The second step in this model is experiencing our feelings deeply. This step involves removing ourselves from the immediate situation and taking a deep breath in order to reflect on what is happening inside of us. We may become aware of certain bodily sensations such as tightness in the throat, chest or stomach area. Emotions such as sadness, hurt, or anger might surface. Thoughts or memories may come into our awareness. Learning to focus inwardly will take practice since many of us have spent very little time focusing on ourselves and how we actually feel. As with all the steps of this new paradigm, we must be patient with ourselves and appreciate each little step we take.

Feeling deeply can also prove to be challenging because our present feelings are often influenced by what has gone on in our past. For instance, if we have had a relationship in the past that left us feeling criticized or unlovable, chances are good that our new relationship will also bring up those feelings. Love tends to bring to the surface any past hurts that need to be healed. This is one reason the new paradigm for relationships is so powerful. Instead of blindly repeating old ways of being, we can use our relationships to work on ourselves – to notice the patterns of thought and behavior that we continually relive and begin to explore them within the safety of the relationship. The key is to take the time to remove ourselves from the situation and feel what is actually going on inside. This gives us time to calmly reflect so we can act instead of react.

The third step of this new model is expressing ourselves clearly and honestly to our partner while having equal empathy, or appreciation, for our partner’s feelings. This step involves telling our partner the truth about how we feel. It is important to avoid the tendency to fall back on old patterns of relating such as making our partner wrong, going numb, playing out dramas based on old hurts, or entering into power struggles. To communicate clearly we need to go beyond blame and judgment and tell the truth about our experience. We need to make the decision that being happy in our relationship is more important than being right. The only way to do this is to be totally honest with ourselves and our partner.

Equally important in this third step is having empathy for our partner’s feelings. This includes allowing our partner the opportunity to express how they feel and then making an honest attempt to understand them. In other words, we need to put ourselves in their place and experience what they are feeling. This type of exchange is the beginning of authentic communication and the birth of an entirely new type of relationship. Both parties will begin to feel empowered and loved. As a couple reaches greater depths of feeling and understanding, their strength grows in all areas of their lives.

Practicing the three steps of the new paradigm – taking responsibility for our actions and reactions, experiencing our feelings deeply, and expressing ourselves completely – will result in an enormous shift in our relationships, both with our partner and out in the world. Our communication will be clearer and more honest, we will gain greater respect for ourselves and others, and we will experience a greater sense of personal power, love, and joy in our lives.

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Great relationships don’t happen by accident. Learn the secrets to having successful one. Marilyn Hough and Chuck Schmitt, the Relationship Specialists, are licensed Marriage and Family therapists in the Portland, Oregon area. Visit their website athttp://www.relationshipspecialists.com for tools and tips on how to improve your relationships. You can also sign up for free bi-monthly relationship hints.

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